Down, Boy!

Awwwww, what a well trained god you have there!

Ah, autumn!  The falling leaves, the shorter days, the sweltering temperatures.  Eh, as Marvin Aday once famously sang, two out of three ain’t bad.  At least it’s Monday, and that means it’s time for the first official earworm of Fall!  Let’s go harvest another overripe lost hit that got buried in that burning leafpile of our frost covered conscious we like to call the Dusty Vinyl Archive!  DJ Scratchy’s wearing her glow in the dark scarf and leg warmers in honor of this week’s Fall classic, while the Sponkies sip from their pumpkin spiced Kool Aid (Oh yeah?).  It’s time to rock that chill in the air…

When one thinks of the delightful musical genre of heavy metal, stereotypical images of young men in need of a haircut wearing gaudy black spandex while going to town on loud, screeching electric guitars generally come to mind.  And while metal actually featured a much more diverse set of artists than that, it’s generally considered that this subset of rock existed almost exclusively during the decades of the 70’s and 80’s.  Beginning with ahead of their time bands like Steppenwolf and Led Zeppelin, and concluding with the hair band craze of the late 80’s, metal rocked out FM radio for 20 years before being dealt a fatal blow of angst by the grungers to come out of Seattle in the 90’s.  There was no real metal in the Clinton decade, as even heavy metal legends like Aerosmith and Guns n Roses had to resort to putting out horrendous, pussified ballad rock to compete for chart space once Aqua Net was banned from pop culture…

I can’t tell if you’re playing “Crazy,” “Cryin’,” or “Amazing”, but it doesn’t matter because they all suck ass, Steve!

But heavy metal didn’t really die in 1990, it just got pushed back underground.  The last bastion for real, classic, ass kickin’ hard rock in the final decade of the 20th century was the much ignored Mainstream Rock Chart.  A Georgia band by the name of Jackyl scored a series of these mainstream rock hits 25 years ago, with my favorite reaching #10.  Here is their 1992 song “Down on Me.”  Yes, as you’ll notice, they sound a lot like another legendary heavy metal band….

Is that Phenny on the guitar?

If you listened to that song for the first time and had never heard of an outfit named Jackyl, you’d swear this was Bon Scott era AC/DC.  It’s a hell of a song from a hell of an underrated band who also recorded a song on that same debut album of theirs entitled “She Loves My Cock.”

She really does!!

And it takes very little imagination to see the sexual subtext of today’s featured song.  Preverts make some of the best musicians…

I love the thought of you coming down on me!

I’ll be back next Monday with another forgotten song that doesn’t blow…

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About evilsquirrel13

Bored former 30-something who has nothing better to do with his life than draw cartoon squirrels.
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32 Responses to Down, Boy!

  1. I like it… that’s real muzak… I like bands with chainsaw solo’s :o)

  2. Wow. Don’t remember them. Wow.

  3. fanrosa says:

    And here I thought your favourite would be Billy Badass. Ha! You haven’t lived until you’ve heard Jesse James Dupree play the Star Spangled Banner on the chainsaw, btw……

  4. Merbear74 says:

    Eye bleach….I need eye bleach…

  5. ghostmmnc says:

    Oh man… I loved Jackyl back in the day. So many great songs. I once made a home made cassette tape of their songs, probably from the radio. 🙂

  6. I treasure my CDs of Credence Clearwater Revival and Strange Days (Doors) … and a few others. They help me exceed the speed limit on many a long highway in this great land. But also, Emmy Lou Harris (Luxury Liner with THE great version of Lefty and Pancho — to which we have finally conquered all the words!) and half a dozen others. Not all hard rock, but all “pedal to the metal” hard driving music. Today’s music is DULL. I don’t mind it being different, but I do mind it being tuneless and lacking in punch.

  7. ody N biskit….we noe de band, N love thiz song !!!

    { but dad best knot dis steven tyler !! 🙂 🙂 ♥♥♥

  8. Not a familiar group for me BUT they DO have a familiar sound……..speaking of which, why does Tyler look so much like he’s been “rode hard and put away wet”…….maybe because he has? Many, many, many times?

    Pam

  9. Trisha says:

    I’m sure if I ever heard this on the radio, I just assumed it was an AC/DC song I didn’t know. But the title of your post has given me another ear worm: Down Boys by Warrant. Did you do that on purpose?

  10. draliman says:

    Yeah, a bit of metal. Can’t go wrong. Unless you accidentally bang your brain clean out of your head.

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